Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 26728
Attorney Name Zell, Mary McNeil
DBP Docket No. 154 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 795 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Donna M. Snyder
Counsel for Respondent Unrepresented
Decision Date 2003-06-04
Effective Date 2002-11-18
Case Digest Respondentís was scheduled to receive a Private Reprimand for violation of RPC 1.3. 1.4(b) and 1.16(d). Respondent willfully failed to appear for the scheduled Private Reprimand or to notify the Secretary of the Disciplinary Board within twenty days of the scheduled Private Reprimand that she wished to institute formal proceedings. Disciplinary Hearings were held on October 17 and December 17, 2001 before Hearing Committee 1.08. The first hearing was continued in order for Respondent to get counseling and medication to deal with her depression. Respondent failed, without a viable excuse, to take any measures to get help in the 60 day continuance period. Respondent had been on inactive status since December 2000, due to failure to comply with Continuing Legal Education requirements. Respondent also has a prior history of discipline consisting of two informal admonitions in 1997 and a private reprimand in 2001.
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(2), RPC 8.4(d), RPC 1.3, RPC 1.4(b) and RPC 1.16(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension of one year and one day
Points of Law A lawyer who fails to appear for private discipline or to avail herself of opportunities for help will be suspended.
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